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This is Congo

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Lenox Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

U.S. Theatrical Premiere
Daniel McCabe, 2018, 91 min
2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm

"Keeps us on the edge of our seat." -- The Playlist

"A documentary of stunning beauty and tragic violence." -- Screen Daily

"This is Congo will break your heart into pieces." -- POV Magazine

This is Congo provides an immersive and unfiltered look into Africa’s longest continuing conflict and those who are surviving within it. By following four compelling characters — a whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer and a displaced tailor — the film offers viewers a truly Congolese perspective on the problems that plague this lushly beautiful nation. Colonel ‘Kasongo’, Mamadou Ndala, Mama Romance and Hakiza Nyantaba exemplify the unique resilience of a people who have lived and died through the generations due to the cycle of brutality generated by this conflict. Though their paths never physically cross, the ongoing conflict reverberates across all of their lives.

When This is Congo begins in 2012, Rwandan and Ugandan-backed M23 rebels have begun massing in the North Kivu region of Congo, threatening peace and stability. As the film progresses, we watch as the rebellion mounts in intensity and witness its effects on the film’s four major characters firsthand, while flashing back to key moments in Congo’s history. By the film’s conclusion, three years later, This is Congo has documented this latest cycle of violence from beginning to end and thoroughly unpacked the legacies of colonialism, resource exploitation and genocide that helped make the Congo what it is today.

Q&As to be announced.

In honor of the 58th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Independence (June 30th, 1960).

Official Selection in 2017
The Venice Film Festival, IDFA, DOC NYC and The Human Rights Watch Film Festival.